Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Doing what I love!

Why do I do what I do?!  :)  I love being creative with stamps, ink and paper and sharing my passion with others.  Making a difference with a simple handmade card really inspires me to teach and share this love of paper crafting with others.

I remember a scrapbook that I worked on for a Business club event in college; whoa, if you could see the fancy cut out shapes and bright colors now...I wonder what ever happened to that book. LoL.  My love of scrapbooking grew from there and I just wanted to know more and more about the industry, the creators, the tools, everything about paper crafting.

I am a HUGE lover of photography, taking pictures, documenting our life stories...that scrapbooking was a natural choice.  Then I found a way to take my hobby and turn it into a business.  

After being invited to my first Stampin' Up! party in 2008, I was hooked!  How fun that I could create cards, 3D projects, scrapbook pages, home decor, etc, etc, etc with stamps and ink.....and get a discount on my favorite supplies to boot!  The friendships that I have made along the way are amazing as well; It is always so much fun to get together with friends and stamp.  I wanted to be able to teach others, share stamping, and earn an extra income doing something that I LOVE.....thus, my stamping business began.

I love the quality and versatility of Stampin' Up!'s products; how relaxing and fun it is to turn a sheet of cardstock into a cute project; and the joy of bringing a smile to someone thru a snail mail card.

I started this blog to share pictures of cards and projects to inspire others to get crafty.  To show how easy and fun it can be; to teach tutorials of how to start from scratch and make a card.  Thank you for reading, enjoying, crafting, and following along on my stamping journey!

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

An introduction

"To all who come to this happy place...welcome" - Walt Disney

Welcome to Kari's Krafts!  If you are new here, I want to welcome you to inspire you with handmade cards, Project Life pages, home decor, and gifts made of paper....with a love of Disney here and there!

My name is Kari and I love to create with stamps, ink, and paper with Stampin' Up!  I started scrapbooking in 2001; fast forward to 2008 to when I fell in love with handmade cards and stamping.  Then, I started teaching my love of paper crafting in 2011, joined the Stampin' Up! family and have loved every minute since.  The best part of this journey with Stampin' Up! are the friendships I have made and getting to stamp with others!  I am also a Human Resources gal during the day, a frequent visitor to "The Happiest Place On Earth", Walt Disney World, and can pretty much quote the entire movie of Goonies.

My goal is to inspire you with handmade cards, projects, home decor, and crafty ways to create! From simple ways with a little Paper Pumpkin escape to knocking it out of the park with stamps, ink, and ribbon.  Do you like to stamp, scrapbook, or just create?!  Are you looking to learn the wonderful world of paper crafting?  Then I am so glad you are here!

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

Sunday, June 28, 2015

**NEW** Stamp Club

**NEW** Stamp Club starting July 2015....Do you want to try Stamp Club, have fun making new friends, stamp handmade cards, build your supplies over time on a budget...?  Stamp Club is for you!  

You will receive a FREE Stampin' Up! catalog, 3 cards/projects each month, one month to be Hostess and earn FREE product valued anywhere between $15-$40, and much more!  Plus, receive a special invitation to the annual Hostess party in December 2015 with Fun, Food, and Prizes!

See samples below of projects from past Stamp Club projects: 

The next Stamp Club will be starting soon.  Join us on Friday, July 17 at 6:30 and stamp with us! 

Looking for 2 more to join us for the next round, are you in?!

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Best.Deal.Ever Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

Do you love to craft and create?  Would you love to build your supplies and get a discount?!  This is the BEST DEAL to purchase a Starter Kit now to get some of the *NEW* products from the new catalog....AND.....get 2 FREE stamp sets when you purchase a Starter Kit before June 30.

What you get:
*Purchase $99 Starter Kit with FREE Shipping
*For your $99 kit....you pick out $125 worth of product!
*You get a 20% discount on your purchases for the next 4 months!
*Your very own Stampin' Up! catalogs to share
*Ideas, fun, friends, and stamps :)

Don't forget about this month's Stampin' Up! special; 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice; any 2 of your favorites.  Wanna learn more about it?!

Click here now

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

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June Stamp Club 2015

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Check out June Stamp Club cards below!

Summer is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with ice cream, Stars & Stripes, and quick on-the-go card kits to assemble and send to a friend?!

*Sprinkles of Life, Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets
*Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay Cardstock
*2015-2017 new In-Color Cardstock
*Cherry on Top DSP Stack
*Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay Ink
This is a *NEW* Stamp Set, Sprinkles of Life, in the 2015-2016 Catalog.  It is also the new stamp set that with every purchase, Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House.

*Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
*Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstock
*Glimmer Paper Silver
*1/8" Silver Ribbon
*Stars Framelits and Stars Embossing Folder
 This card is themed for Independence Day with it's red, white and blue colors....and also reminds me of fireworks (with the stars and sparkle)!  Some lucky July birthday pal is going to get this card in the mail from me!

*Friendly Wishes Stamp Set
*2015-2017 new In-Color Cardstock

Everyone got to choose their favorite color and their favorite greeting and make one card.  
Which one would you choose?!

Thank you so much for visiting today!  If you like any of these goodies and can't wait to add them to your supplies and make some summer-fun cards, then visit my page at

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

May Stamp Club 2015

Thanks for visiting! Check out the May Stamp Club cards below.

Curious about Stamp Club?  It is a monthly get together to make 3 cards/projects and earn FREE product (valued anywhere between $40-$60) during your Hostess month.  It is a great way to learn new techniques and build your supplies over time on a budget!  
Contact me if you are interested in joining a club....or starting one for you and your friends!

This first card is definitely a color scheme outside my normal color scheme.  Can you tell?  If you have been visiting my blog, you may notice Brights and Subtles colors mostly in my cards.  I am trying to stretch and give all of the colors in the Stampin' Up! collection some love.

*Age Awareness Stamp Set
*Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist Ink
*Crushed Curry, Basic Grey, Whisper White Cardstock
*Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon
*Top Note die 
*Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper
I can't believe the TOP NOTE die is retired from the catalog.  It is one of my most loved shapes!

*Just Sayin' and Positively Chevron stamp sets
*Smokey Slate, Whisper White Cardstock
*2014-2015 In Color Cardstock
*Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Smokey Slate ink
*Word Bubbles Framelits
Another retied Stamp Set and Framelit combo; this was such a cute set!

*Petite Pairs, Flower Shop stamp sets
*Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White Cardstock
Back to Black Designer Series Paper
*Memento Tuxedo Black ink
*Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch
*Stampin' Up! Rhinestones
*Flower Frenzy Bigz L die

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

NEW Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

The NEW Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog is here!  Always an exciting time to see the new stamp sets, the new colors, the new project ideas, etc, etc, etc.  Which color is your favorite from the 2015-2017 In-Colors?!

*Mint Macron
*Delightful Dijon
*Tip Top Taupe
*Cucumber Crush
*Watermelon Wonder

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!
Kari Downing Reese

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